16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
4
Treviso, Italy
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Pekanbaru, Indonesia

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rome online trip itinerary builder .

Pekanbaru, Indonesia to Rome is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Pekanbaru in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip site .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Treviso.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Treviso, Italy

Treviso
The northern Italy medieval city of Treviso is known worldwide as the home of the Italian dessert tiramisu.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Hacker.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Treviso route planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Treviso by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Treviso are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Prague.

Things to do in Treviso

Shopping
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2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Petřín, then wander the streets of Mala strana, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally admire the striking features of Dancing House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Prague online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Treviso to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Treviso in December, plan for slightly colder days in Prague, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Budapest travel route builder app .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Parliament ©
Parliament
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul visit website .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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